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Datebook: May 23 – Captain Kidd hanged 310 years ago

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On May 23, 1701, “Captain” William Kidd was executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. He was a Scottish sailor, famous for the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial. Though less destructive and less lucrative than his pirate contemporaries, many believe he was made an example of by the British as a warning to other pirates. He’s also renown for his legendary buried treasures. Read more about the buried treasure and William Kidd’s legacy.

Here’s Datebook for Monday, May 23

On Wednesday Murray-Calloway County Hospital activates Emergency downtime procedures to prepare for a facility mechanical update. Work on the life safety system starts at 8 a.m.and then the critical switch transfer happens from about noon to 5 p.m. It’s business as usual despite the loss of systems in some areas.

Laser Light and Music Shows return to LBL’s Golden Pond Visitor’s Center Planetarium’s 40 foot dome for the summer Friday. Visitors see Greek mythology in the stars during the 11 a.m. shows daily. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 8:30 p.m. shows are synchronized to pop music. See details at lbl.org.

Disaster Recovery Centers are open in Tennessee to help individuals and businesses affected by the recent severe storms. Disaster recovery agency representatives staff centers 8 to 8 seven days a week until further notice. The Dover office is at 102 Natcore Drive for Stewart County. In Obion, the office is at 221 North Broadway.

Use wkms.org to keep up with your region. Thanks for listening.

Transmitter Work Continues (thanks for your patience)

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We’ve signed off our main regional signal to allow for the safety of climbers working on the tower in LBL. We will continue broadcasting on wkms.org and on our studio auxiliary 91.3 providing coverage for Murray and Calloway County.

Our repeater 90.0 serving Madisonville remains on the air. Our repeater 89.5 Fulton gets the 91.3 signal off the air and thus, without sufficient power, is experiencing interrupted service.

We regret this necessary interruption in service for you and thank you for your patience. We’ll resume regional coverage at 91.3 this evening.

Written by Angela Hatton

May 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

morning cram [joplin edition]

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Authorities report at least 89 people have died in the southwest Missouri city of Joplin after a massive tornado blasted through with cataclysmic force.

NPR details the disaster.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County officials will vote tonight to decide if proposed coal facilities on the Ohio River will become a reality. A high-speed chase through Marshall and McCracken ends in suicide. MSU ups its tuition rate$. The state gears up to redraw voting district lines. You can get your GED test for free (limited time offer). GOP candidate for governor David Williams holds a rally/attacks Gov Beshear. Cops’ campaign reminds drivers that seat belts save lives.

TENNESSEE~ FEMA assigns $5mil for disaster aid.

ILLINOIS~ The state Treasurer claims the state is facing financial apocalypse.

OVC BASEBALL~ MSU > TTU, APSU > UTM.

On the Road: Wehai Part III

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So, I learned some interesting things during the past few days. Some are newsy, some not. Let’s start with the newsy.

  1. An American couple named Finnie and Deb have transplanted here for a couple of years from a university in Nebraska. Deb attended our seminar on Tea. (See #2) So, Deb mentions to me an interesting aspect of the one child policy in China I hadn’t thought of before. (not that you are terribly interested in what I’ve thought before, but nonetheless)  Twins. What does a family do if they obtain a permit for one child, but become pregnant with twins?  You get to keep them.  But, for folks who violate the one child policy the penalties are fairly strict, like 15,000 to 30,000 RMB (Currency) or you lose your job if you are a government employee. For some folks twins can be the perfect way to circumvent the policy. But, of course raising a two children is still expensive, but less so if the twins are different sexes.  It is no surprise though that things here are a bit backwards than the U.S. Here boys are expensive.  Traditionally, the groom’s parents pay for the wedding, and the home. So that’s a double whammy for the parents.

    Thanks to Chinese Learner Blog for the Photo

  2. The twin talk occurred during our tea tutorial.  We sampled 5 teas: black, white, oolong, red and green. I’m no tea aficionado and you who are please feel free to skip this part.  I was amazed at the process.  It is simple and doesn’t take long to explain. First boil your water in a separate pot. Fill your tea pot and cups, then directly pour out the hot water. This heats up the pot. I’m not sure why it is important. I’m guessing not to shock the tea. Anyway, now that your teapot and cups are warm put your tealeaves in your strainer. Then pour your hot water over the tea then promptly pour out the water. This washes the leaves. Now you’re just another pour away from hot tea. Go ahead and fill your pot and then immediately pour the tea from the teapot into your cups. The kicker. No steep time. Well at least for those five teas we had zero steep time. Interesting huh?
  3. Sniffing a Black Tea: Thanks Dana Howard for the Photo

    Babies: So, picture a sumo wrestler. The diaper-like outfit. Got the picture? Now, picture babies running around the beach, or anywhere for that matter, with the complete opposite of that outfit. Two pant legs and a waist, but no back or front. Enough said. No need for detail or picture, but I can tell you it is true and for practical reasons, and maybe ingenious for potty training.

  4. The Liuong Island: Britain occupied a bunch of places for an awfully long time. This included the Liouong Island just off the coast of Weihai (BTW Pronounced Way- High) on the East China Sea. This is also home to the creation of the modern Chinese Navy.  I also learned that you can take a lot of photos in China, but not of an old British home guarded by Chinese Naval Officers. (Out of sheer fear, I will post a photo that may or may not exist after I arrive back in the U.S.) So instead:

    Funny that a sign with the correct translation "Life Jacket" was on the sign to the left.

  5. Pandas are Cute

    Cute Little Dude Isn't He

  6. Sometimes the sun has a ring around it. I saw it for the first time this week.

    Took the photo through my sunglasses to cut down on glare. Neat huh?

    That’s all for now. Hope to post more soon.  Hope everyone if faring well. Heard of severe weather in the region over the last day or so.

-Chad

Written by Chad Lampe

May 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

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